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Day Hike IconMar 2 (Sat) Day hike in Dallas' Great Trinity Forest

Piedmont Ridge Trailhead SignHike about 4 miles in southeast Dallas' Great Trinity Forest.  We will hike the Piedmont Ridge Trail from its trailhead by Gateway Park, continue south to Devon Anderson Park on Eastcliff, and then back north to the Piedmont Ridge Trail trailhead.  This is an easy-moderate hike on natural surface trails.  Afterward is an optional short hike to the Scyene Overlook.  If it rained recently, the trail could be muddy.  Beware of poison ivy!  Bring water and a snack.  No dogs allowed.  Just show up.  No sign-up needed. Trip rated: Easy. Contact: Kirk Miller Send Email 512-992-8181

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Backpack IconMar 16-17 (Sat-Sun) Beginner Backpack Trip In Palo Pinto Mountains State Park

(replace this text with a short description of the image)Palo Pinto Mountains State Park is about 70 miles west of Fort Worth in a hilly Cross Timbers area known as the Palo Pinto Mountains.  The 4,000 acre park was acquired by Texas Parks and Wildlife in 2011 and it is expected to become one of the most popular parks in Texas.  But the Texas Legislature has never funded development and the park is not yet open to the public.  This has left the former ranch land about as close to wilderness as you’ll find 2 hours from Dallas!  The Dallas Sierra Club has special permission for a beginner backpack trip in this park-to-be.  It’s likely we’ll be the only people in the park.

This trip is full.  Check back in the fall to see if we can arrange another trip to Palo Pinto State Park!

Several places on this trip will be reserved for those who attend our spring Beginner Backpack Class.

  Trip rated: Easy. Leader: Bill Greer Send Email 972-247-0446

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Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconMar 20 (Wed) Outings Committee Meeting

There will not be an Outings Committee meeting this month.  Our next meeting will be Wednesday, April 17, at Whole Foods.  Organizer: Bill Greer Send Email 972-247-0446

Backpack IconApr 13-14 (Sat-Sun) Beginner Backpack Trip to the Caney Creek Wilderness

Join us for one of the Dallas Sierra Club’s favorite Arkansas backpacking trips. We’ll backpack about 4 1/2 miles along Caney Creek in Caney Creek Wilderness, cross the creek a few times, and climb some small hills. We'll set up camp near a waterfall then do a short optional day hike as time and energy permit.  For many of us this was our first Wilderness hike and it's still one of our favorites. Trip rated: Easy. Leader: Bill Greer Send Email 972-247-0446

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Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconApr 17 (Wed) Outings Committee Meeting

The Outings Committee meets on most third Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. to plan outings and events. Anyone interested in outings is welcome to attend and participate. Come upstairs at Whole Foods Market, SE quadrant of Preston Road and Forest Lane, Dallas. Reply to Bill to be added to the advance agenda email list or to suggest an agenda item.  Organizer: Bill Greer Send Email 972-247-0446

Car Camp IconApr 26-28 (Fri-Sun) Colorado Bend State Park Group Campout

Gorman FallsTent campers of all ages and abilities will enjoy this weekend adventure at one of Texas' most scenic state parks. The park is a four-hour drive through the hill country from Dallas to near Bend, Texas, west of Lampassas.  We've reserved the large group campsite by the Colorado River for tent camping on Friday and Saturday nights. Pack your tent, camp chair, hiking shoes, bike, kayak, guitar, telescope or croquet set--this park is great for adventure or just relaxing. Everyone will have plenty of time to explore the unique park highlights, including Gorman Falls (pictured at right plunging 65 feet over fern-covered travertine). Spicewood Springs is another attraction, suitable for April soaking in clear water. Details, cost and reservation forms (required) are in this PDF. Sorry, no RVs or pets.  Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

Class IconMay 7 (Tue) Wilderness Navigation Class - Part 1

Want to plan a hike or bushwhack off-trail but you're uneasy about finding your way? Don't risk your safety on a GPS and batteries - join us for this highly respected two-night, hands on class and learn how or refresh your skills to read and use a topographic map and compass to plan, orient, and navigate your journey through our special places. Part 1 is Tue., part 2 is Wed., both at 6:30 p.m., upstairs at Whole Foods Market, SE quadrant of Preston Road and Forest Lane. Cost for the two-night class is $35 for Sierra Club members, $40 for non-members (best class price around). An optional nearby hike for class participants will be offered the following Sat or Sun. morning with instructors to help you practice what you learned. Pre-registration greatly appreciated by clicking here or just show up and pay at the door. Bring a compass if you have one. If not, we'll have an extra you can use and we'll advise what to look for when you buy your own. Sessions will run until 8:45pm. Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

Class IconMay 8 (Wed) Wilderness Navigation Class - Part 2

Second night of our two-part class that begins Tue., May 7. Both sessions are at Whole Foods Market, Preston Road at Forest Lane. See above for details and link to pay online.   Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconMay 15 (Wed) Outings Committee Meeting

There will not be an Outings Committee meeting this month.  Our next meeting will be Wednesday, June 19, at Whole Foods.  Organizer: Bill Greer Send Email 972-247-0446

Backpack IconMay 19-22 (Sun-Wed) Exploratory backpack trip in White Mountains Wilderness, New Mexico

For many years our Memorial Day bus trip alternated between White Mountains Wilderness, near Ruidoso, and Bandelier National Monument, near(replace this text with a short description of the image) Los Alamos.  Then wildfire devastated both, and it’s been years since we’ve been back.  But fire is a natural part of forest ecosystems and they do recover. 

It’s time to go back and see what the new White Mountains are like!  We’ll meet in Ruidoso Sunday morning, check out trailheads, and spend two nights in the back country to see how trails have recovered.  We may check out some other BLM and historic sites in the area too.  It’s a scouting trip so expect plans to be fluid!  More details will be added as our research continues. Trip rated: Moderately Strenuous. Leader: Bill Greer Send Email 972-247-0446

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Class IconJun 2 (Sun) Basic First Aid and CPR class

The Dallas Sierra Club has arranged a Basic First Aid/CPR class on this date from 1:30 until approximately 5:00, with emphasis on first aid situations experienced in hiking and camping situations. The class is recommended for outings leaders who need to gain or maintain first aid or CPR certification. This class is not required for leaders who have completed a Wilderness First Aid class within two years. The class fee is $70. The Dallas Sierra Club will reimburse the entire fee for its leaders upon leading a hike or other outing within six months. Call for location information.  Contact: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Backpack IconJul 22-26 (Mon-Fri) Backpacking in Colorado

Save this week for the Colorado July backpacking adventure! This has become a popular annual event for Dallas Sierra Club backpackers with multi-day experience, preferably at altitude above 10,000 feet, but not necessarily with the Sierra Club. We're still working to select this year's trails set, carefully looking at the Uncompahgre and La Garita Wilderness Areas between Lake City and Gunnison. Transportation for this outing is by personal cars or carpools. We charge no fee for this one, but participants pay their own trip expenses. Although the outing begins and ends at the trailheads, allow two days on the adjoining weekends for travel. Some participants will plan trip extension before or after the hike. We're not ready to accept reservations for this outing, just serving early notice of the dates. More information will be published here when available.  Trip rated: Moderately Strenuous. Coordinator: Mark Stein Send Email 214-789-4596

Bus Trip IconAug 29-Sep 3 (Thu-Tue) Pecos Wilderness, Sangre de Cristo Mountains, New Mexico

(replace this text with a short description of the image)Save the dates!  We're still working on details but this Labor Day weekend, we're traveling by bus to backpack in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of the Pecos Wilderness Area. 

Details and directions on how to sign up will follow soon.





  Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

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